Interpretation Officer / Coordinator

  • Waterton Park, AB
  • $54,543-58,764 per year
  • Temporary
  • Full-time
  • 1 month ago
Plans, adapts, develops and delivers interpretive presentations, programs and activities to provide visitors of the park, historic site or marine conservation area with opportunities to discover, appreciate, learn about and enjoy the place and its natural and/or cultural resources and understand their significance to Canada.

Intent of the process

The results of this selection process may be used to fill similar term, seasonal, indeterminate and/or assignment positions in Waterton Lakes.

Positions to be filled: 6

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 1,000 words (maximum)

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications

Education: A minimum of 2 years of post-secondary education in the natural sciences OR acceptable combination of education, training and experience relevant to position. Please provide a copy of proof of education.
**If you are claiming an acceptable combination of education, training and experience:
  • You must have a secondary school diploma or PSC approved alternative; AND
  • You must have successfully completed a minimum of three (3) courses relevant to the position (e.g. heritage interpretation, natural sciences, communications, public speaking, performing arts); AND
  • You must have a minimum of 12 months experience working in the fields of interpretation, education or outreach-communications.
Please include the dates (month/year) in which you obtained your experience, training/or education.

Experience In:
  • Recent and significant experience in the development and delivery of interpretive programs to a wide range of audiences using a variety of presentation techniques;
  • Experience in coaching and/or supervision;
  • Experience in delivering guided walks or hikes.
Note: Only candidates who clearly demonstrate in their application that they meet the screening requirements of the position will be assessed through the rating process. The screening board cannot make assumptions about your experience. It is important that candidates clearly demonstrate to what degree they meet the above experience elements, giving examples for each element.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential
English Essential

  • Knowledge of interpretive theory and techniques such as storytelling, demonstrations, theatre programs or guided walks;
  • Knowledge of the role of interpretation relevant to delivering Parks Canada's mandate;
  • Knowledge of natural and cultural history and management issues of Waterton Lakes Field Unit.
  • Communication Through Interpretation - Listening to others and communicating articulately to inform, influence and involve;
  • Teamwork - Working collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals;
  • Continuous Learning - Identifying and addressing learning and developmental needs to enhance own performance;
  • Initiative - Dealing with situations and issues proactively and persistently, seizing opportunities that arise;
  • Creativity and Innovation - Generating viable new approaches and solutions.
Personal Suitability:
  • Makes things happen;
  • Exercises sound judgment;
  • Personally connects with people;
  • Communicates effectively;
  • Takes responsibility;
  • Strives for excellence;
  • Shares our vision.
The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

  • Wear a Parks Canada uniform and/or dress in period costume as per Parks Canada requirements;
  • Work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated/various locations and by various means of transportation;
  • Work and/or travel where exposure to common environmental antigens (plants, pollens, dust, insects) is present;
  • Work shifts, weekends, statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays;
  • Stand, walk, and hike for prolonged periods, possibly up to 10 hours at a time;
  • Carry up to 25kg (55lb) backpacks and/or moving heavy audio-visual equipment or props;
  • A valid Canadian passport is required for interpreters working in Waterton Lakes Field Unit.
Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance – • Security Screening: Obtain and maintain Reliability Status.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid (Class 5 minimum) driver's license.
  • Possession of a valid CPR Level C and Standard First Aid Certificate.
Other information

Important Information:
  • Shared living accommodation may or may not be provided.
  • If selected for an interview, candidates will be responsible for their own travel costs to the interview. Interviews may be held in Waterton Park, Alberta.
Who can apply: Persons working or residing within a radius of 1000 km of Waterton Park, Alberta, in Canada.
Parks Canada Agency considers applications from all individuals who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Persons who are in receipt of a Canadian Government Public Service pension and are considering this employment opportunity with the Parks Canada Agency, should contact the PWGSC Public Service Pension Centre (1-800-561-7930) in order to determine the impact of an appointment on their pension benefit entitlements.

HOW TO APPLY: Please forward your application (resume, covering letter, names of two, recent work-related, references) quoting the selection process number 15-PKS-PWL-OC-041 in email subject line to: or apply

Career Site: For further career information on working for Parks Canada, please visit

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are .

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Closing date: 27 November 2015 – 23:59, Pacific Time

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